Tour and Giveaway for Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:   Mar, 2021

Format available: hardback

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:Zippy the Zebra doesn’t like her stripes. She doesn’t want to stand out! Follow Zippy as she embarks upon a thrilling adventure with her animal friends that helps her realize everyone is perfect just the way they are. Profits from the sales of Zippy’s Special Gift will be donated to one of Zebra Technologies strategic charitable partners, Bernies Book Bank, a non-profit organization that changes the story for under-served children and helps them read their way to a better life! Learn more at


What an adorable precious Books this is. I love love the story because it teaches children that they all have a special gift. They may not always like their gift, but it’s their own special gifts, unique like no other. Zippy the Zebra didn’t like his stripes but his mom assured him that everyone have special gifts, whether they like them. Zippy went on a journey to find his friends and ask them about their special gift. His friends frog, monkey, duck and more all had their own gifts, and they didn’t especially like them but they helped in the different unique things they did. Just like monkey said his tail gets in the way, but it helps him hang from a tree. And you need to read the book to your child to find out the others. 

And I can leave out the amazing illustrations by Walter Policelli! Each character is so adorable. And the story comes to life on the awesome illustrations on each page. And how each page fits the story so well is perfect. The beautiful colors, and characters will have your child looking at this book over and over. I encourage you to check out this wonderful and beautiful book inside and out.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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Zippy’s Special Gift” by Therese Van Ryne


What inspired you to write this book?

Writing a children’s book has always been on my bucket list. I was inspired to sit down and put my fingertips to my keyboard last April on a rainy Saturday afternoon. We were about a month into the shutdown caused by the pandemic, and I was looking for a creative outlet. As the lead of Public Relations and Philanthropy for Zebra Technologies, I am also inspired by our company mascot, Zippy the Zebra so it was natural to make her the lead character of “Zippy’s Special Gift”. 

What do you hope young kids (and adults, too) get out of this book? 

Zippy the Zebra realizes she has unique qualities that are different from her friends, and they each have individual traits too – special gifts, if you will. I have already had parents reach out to me to share that after reading the book with their children, they have had conversations about what special gifts they each possess. I’m thrilled with this outcome and hope to have many more families connect in this way after reading “Zippy’s Special Gift” together.

I understand profits from the sales of “Zippy’s Special Gift” are being donated to Bernie’s Book Bank. Can you tell us more about this initiative?

Philanthropy is an important part of the workplace culture at Zebra Technologies, and one of our key strategic charitable partners is Bernie’s Book Bank. Our shared vision of promoting literacy for children of all ages and backgrounds helps make our world a better place. By connecting books with those who need them, Bernie’s Book Bank provides children the ability to learn about life through the characters.

In addition to Zippy the Zebra, do you have a favorite character in “Zippy’s Special Gift”?

I really like all the characters, but I would have to say Owl is another favorite. Whenever I read his part of the story to others, they chuckle when Owl introduces his special gift. In fact, a colleague of mine read the book to his young daughter, and she frequently reminds him what Owl says. It’s wonderful that this story and this character, in particular, have made a positive impression on her. You could say “Zippy’s Special Gift” is the gift that keeps giving for all who share it!

What’s next for you? 

No one knows exactly what the future will bring, but my interests include continuing to find unique ways to promote children’s literacy and give back to my local community. It’s been a true pleasure writing and publishing “Zippy’s Special Gift,” and I have met some wonderful people through the process. I encourage anyone who has an interest in this area to dive right in. I know I’m glad I did, and I can’t wait to check off more items on my bucket list!

You mentioned you work for Zebra Technologies. What does Zebra Technologies do?

Zebra Technologies is a global company based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and the company brings a performance edge to the front line of business in retail/eCommerce, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, and the public sector. Zebra’s solutions elevate the shopping experience, track and manage inventory as well as improve supply chain efficiency and patient care. This year marks Zebra’s fifth year on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers, and you can check out more about the company at

Meet the Author:

Zippy’s Special Gift is Van Ryne’s debut children’s book. She currently serves as the Global Director of PR, Thought Leadership and Advocacy for Zebra Technologies. One of PR News’ 2019 Top Women in PR, Van Ryne also has experience as a journalist, editor and producer, reporting nightly from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

Mar 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 16 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 16 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 16 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Mar 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 19 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 23 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

Mar 24 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Mar 25 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 29 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – The Book Review Crew – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 31 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Mar 31 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 1 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Apr 2 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 5 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Apr 5 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Apr 6 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 7 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

Arp 8 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway

Apr 8 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – book review / giveaway

Apr 9 –  I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 9 – Books for Books – book review

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